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Performance Tests

Cooling Efficiency

You can see the results of our tests in this table as well as in the following diagram:

The Thermaltake Frio Advanced can’t impress us with its performance. The cheaper TRUE Spirit 140 turns out to be more efficient throughout the entire fan speed range. The Frio Advanced can only produce the same results with its two fans rotating at 2000 RPM whereas the TRUE Spirit 140 is better even at 1000 RPM and outperforms the Frio Advanced by 4°C (in terms of the peak temperature of the hottest CPU core) at the maximum speed of its TY-140 fan (1260 RPM). When both work at the minimum 800 RPM, the Frio Advanced is worse by as much as 8°C. That’s quite disappointing. The new cooler is going to have a hard time finding its customer on the highly competitive market.

You can compare it with products we tested previously in the following table and diagram. Each cooler was tested in its default configuration in the quiet mode and at the maximum speed of the fan(s) with the CPU overclocked to 4.375 MHz at a voltage of 1.385 volts.

* - The peak temperature of the hottest CPU core is posted on the diagram taking

into account the difference from the current ambient temperature and is reduced to 25°C.

The diagram shows that at the minimum speed of 800 RPM the Frio Advanced with its two fans is somewhat better than the NZXT Havik 120 but produces more noise (we’ll discuss the noise factor shortly). When the fans work at their maximum speed, the Frio Advanced can get higher and position itself between the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (2 x 800 RPM) and Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 (at 1250 RPM). However, the Frio Advanced is the loudest among all LGA2011 coolers we’ve tested so far at the maximum speed.

It is thanks to its high-speed fans that the Frio Advanced could make our six-core CPU stable at 4500 MHz and 1.41 volts, the hottest CPU core having a temperature of 80°C.

Here is the table and diagram with the best CPU overclocking results:

The Frio Advanced is in the middle group in terms of CPU overclocking, right after its senior cousin Frio Extreme, but the latter is quieter.

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